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What do people really think about wearing a helmet?

What Do People Really Think About Wearing Helmets Over 70% of people wear helmets 43% wear a helmet to protect themselves HEAD USE YOUR WEAR A HELMET What The Pro's Think Jenny Jones Professional Snowboarder Thave seen friends who have had head injuries and their helmets have defiantly saved them. I've hit my head a lot of times, had a few concussions, defiantly had a helmet with a crack in it and had to replace it. BLA Jenny Jones has won Countless competitions and is regarded as one of the most successful snowboarding champs. 1 T've cracked 3 helmets in half now - definitely worth it. I nearly broke my neck a few years back now, came up short on a jump and head hit the floor, body flipped over my head. I was wearing a helmet and I cracked it in half so James Webb British Freestyle Skier James Webb, known as 'Webbo' on the skiing circuit is a 2014 Winter Olympic hopeful. that saved me. Marco Edyallin Pro Freestyler & Coach Marco comes from a family where both his father and grandfather were both ski instructors. Marco and two friends started freeskicamp.it a Ski Camp focusing on freestyle skiing. 1 Thit my head quite badly a few years ago while jumping. I temporarily lost my memory and was sick with a concussion. I spent a night at the hospital. I don't want to think what would have happened to me if I wasn't wearing a helmet, although I don't think helmets should be mandatory; people must learn to behave responsibly. A buddy tried to jump over the front of my board, he caught the nose of it and I went straight down on the back of my head. I don't remember the next few hours and came round in an ambulance. I Kaz Willmer Snowsporst Blogger & Snowboarder Kaz picked up skating and once she had the spent the next week with concussion, passing out or being sick every time I stood up. You may not be the cause of your accidents, other people can be too. hang of that, getting on a snowboard just felt natural. Mike Rowland 1 You should definitely wear a helmet even if you don't like the feel of having it on, once you're riding with it you just forget that you have it on and it saves lives so that's the main thing. Ihave a back protector, sometimes a mouth guard, sometimes padding and definitely always rock a helmet. Freestyle Skier Mike Rowland, at the tender age of 15 is one of the youngest most talented freeskiers out there. What The General Public Think I am an experienced skier and as I tend to ski at quite fast, if I do crash the effects can be a lot more dangerous. It's vital to wear a helmet on the piste too even though the snow is often soft and deep, there can be many hidden rocks that could be fatal if you hit your head. My helmet saved me from quite a few potentially dangerous blows to the head. Alex Regan Alex Regan has worked as a chalet host in the resort of Les Gets, France. Rachel Newton For safety reasons in my opinion this is a must I have seen some close misses with children being hit with sledges and the helmets are an extra protection. Rachel Newton frequently nannies at ski resorts. IIam in favour of wearing a helmet in any sport where major head impacts are a possibility. I have in the past, experienced some serious head/neck trauma from high impact ski accidents where no one else has been involved. The risk of head injury (as opposed to neck injury) in skiing is not high, but is an identifiable risk; in my view a risk that should be countered with the use of a James Beardall Male, 61+, Experienced Skier (off piste) helmet. II I've been skiing for over 25 years now but have only been using a vented helmet for the last 4 or 5 years since I realised the benefits of wearing one. I really do advocate the wearing of helmets for all extreme sports. My daughter is a staff nurse at the Neurological Intensive Care unit of Southampton General Hospital and she has told me that they have daily cases of cyclists being admitted with head trauma who have not been wearing an appropriate safety helmet when being involved in an accident. Steve Horne Male, 61+, Experienced Skier (off piste) 1 1do strongly support everyone wearing helmets. I have been skiing around 40 times and have had quite a few accidents; skiing off a cliff the most dramatic. Whilst I was not wearing a helmet at the time (it was many years ago before they became in common use) I was extremely lucky to land in the only patch of snow amongst the rocks. I must admit I am still disappointed that people still resist using helmets now; they can be pretty fashionable and comfortable so no excuse really. Stephan Shepherd Male, 51-60, Expert Skier (off-piste) I have worn one now for about seven seasons though I have been skiing years. I decided to use one when I was getting more seriously into off-piste. A few times I had hit unseen buried rocks which had ejected me upwards from my skis landing on my head. Fortunately, I had landed on soft snow but it could have been another rock. I feel safer skiing at high speed near rocks wearing a helmet. I never like crowded pistes but that is when I feel helmets are practically essential in case of inadvertent head to head collisions. 25 Nicholas Walker Male, 51-60. Expert Skier (off-piste) 1 1 firmly believe that it should be compulsory for everyone to wear a helmet on the slopes because this could save your life. It's not really about how good or adequate a skier/snowboarder you are: anyone can quite easily lose balance or get knocked by someone coming from behind. My wife had an innocuouS fall last year and wasn't travelling at any speed but did hit her head on the snow; she firmly believes that the helmet saved her from a proper injury so her helmet has already paid for itself. Mal Boyes Male, 41-50, Intermediate 1 I believe all ski schools should insist on helmets, because they are always pushing the envelope of a skier's ability and anticipate falls. Once in the habit of a helmet, the habit may stick. I have been skiing since cable bindings were the vogue! No significant injury, none to my head. I rarely fall nowadays since I tend to ski well within the envelope. However, modern materials are getting more comfortable, so I may use one yet when I start skiing with the grandchildren. Bill Murray Male, 61+, Expert Skier (off piste) GEI believe wearing a helmet on the slopes should be compulsory, as a beginner, you fall over a lot and I did knock myself out on a few occasions. The first year I wore a helmet, a beginner decided to follow directly behind me, I hit a bump and my board went from under me and I landed on my back, the person behind me could not turn to avoid me and decided to slide on their back and lift their board up as they slid towards me. The board hit me edge first in the back of my head causing the helmet to dent and crack slightly. If I had not been wearing the helmet it would have been my head that was dented and cracked and my head is a lot softer than that helmet. 11 James Sinton Male, 31-40, Intermediate 11 My view is that there is far too much fuss about helmets for skiing. In reality, the vast majority of ski injuries do not involve head injuries. It's mainly broken legs and improving ski bindings and policing ski hire companies to ensure better maintenance standards would be a far better direction for peoples' attention. The most common cause of fatalities are avalanches - yet only a relatively small minority carry or know how to use avalanche safety gear. Again, that would be a much more useful focus than ski helmets. Helmets do have a marginal safety benefit for certain types of injury that are unlikely to occur anyway and they don't seem to justify the level of coverage they are getting. , Mark Sheiham Male, 31-40, Expert Skier (off piste) What The Media Thinks GOOD John Hill 1 we have been campaigning for ten years for this and said in 2003 that one day helmets will be regarded like car seatbelts. All of our staff sign a declaration that their insurance is invalid if they do not wear a helmet. SKI Editor of the Good Ski Guide & Others GUIDE IIhave been wearing a helmet for about five years - it helped me a few times off the slopes when I was hit on the head by people swinging their skis over their shoulders. As yet not needed on the piste. My three sons all had to wear them and helped them in a few nasty accidents – hitting metal snowmaking hydrant head first for one of them, another hit in the head by an airborne boader! Patrick Thorne inthe SNOLW Editor, inthesnow Magazine II My French (then) girlfriend Lucy Dicker was killed in a skiing accident in La Grave in April 1995. We had just skied round the world together, skiing every day for 365 days (Guiness Book of Records) and it never occurred to us back then to wear a helmet. I'm not saying her death could have been prevented had she been wearing one, but ever since she died I have always worn a helmet. skit Arnie Wilson Ski+ board Editor, Ski+board Magazine 1I was once declared dead on a slope after hitting a tree. Luckily I was revived BUT even so I still do not wear a helmet. Many of my ski journo Ghier friends do wear them now and because of the vast improvements in helmet design in terms of becoming more lightweight etc I have considered it, but the 'romantic' in me still loves that sense of freedom you get when cruising on a blue sky day when it is s warm you don't even have to wear a jacket let alone a helmet! Frank Baldwin Editor. skiersnowboarder .co.uk &SNOWBOARDER Infographic by essential travel.co.uk

What do people really think about wearing a helmet?

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With every winter sports ski season comes the same argument - the importance of ski helmets, do they make a difference and should they be mandatory and if so for which groups. We've spoken to the pro'...

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